The global interruption caused by COVID-19 has upturned many lives and caused much suffering around the world. Here in New York State, our governor’s approach has been to put the state on “PAUSE.” How often do we take a pause when we find ourselves going down a path? For some reason or no reason, we stop, rethink our direction, and then continue on or set another course.
The pause imposed upon us today can be a gift, a prompt to look at our world and our lives with different eyes and opened hearts. Krishnamurti said, “It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” We can hope we soon return to “normal”; or we can choose to become a force for healing, for creating a truly healthy society. Many in our organizations are taking hold of this opportunity, even as we negotiate the realities of the present day.
Threefold Educational Foundation (encompassing Green Meadow Waldorf School, the Otto Specht School, the Fiber Craft Studio, the Pfeiffer Center, and Eurythmy Spring Valley) has successfully applied for Paycheck Protection Program funds, which will provide a much-needed financial bridge as we adapt to our new circumstances. We are committed to using these funds responsibly and with gratitude given the reality that many deserving enterprises still do not have the resources they need. We are committed as ever toward fulfilling our mission of cultural renewal as a force for healing in the world.
While we have all been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another, to date, we have been very fortunate in that there has not been a spread of cases on the Threefold or Fellowship campuses. This has not been the case in our surrounding communities. Through this, we have found ways to work together in the spirit of cooperation and community by adjusting to new practices in the routines of our daily lives. As the weather warms up, please continue to be mindful of these practices. As guidance becomes available for reopening, we will work collectively to set plans that take into account the needs of all community organizations.
News from Threefold Community Institutions
The last half of April brought confirmation that the pandemic will have a significant effect on our campus and community. It is safe to say that this will be the quietest summer at Threefold in many years.
Offices in the Auditorium and Main House remain accessible for office staff for receiving mail and performing essential functions. For all other purposes, the buildings are closed.
Sunbridge Institute has announced that their summer programs will be held remotely. The Fiber Craft Studio will reschedule its summer programs.
As Governor Cuomo has announced that schools in New York will not reopen this spring, Green Meadow staff and faculty are making plans for a graduation celebration fitting for our current situation. The resilience and flexibility of our seniors and their families need a big celebration! Meanwhile, Green Meadow continues to provide remote learning to students and virtual open houses to prospective families.
The Otto Specht School continues to expand its remote learning offerings, which were recently recognized by AWSNA.
The School of Eurythmy has been forming contingency plans for their summer programs, all dependent on the guidelines issued by New York State and the sense of the community as we get deeper into springtime.
The Fellowship Community has canceled all study groups and events for May, and Hilltop House is not allowing any outside visitors. The Fellowship thanks all who have volunteered to do shopping and errands for elder members who reside in the outer lodges. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit this page to apply.
The Nature Place Day Camp is awaiting guidance from the Governor’s office regarding summer camps. They expect to know more in the next two weeks.
The Steiner School of Speech Arts looks forward to resuming its work again in September. As the essential work with the speech arts involves breath, gesture/space, and other components not perceptible electronically, training and public workshops are on hold at this time. As the upcoming number of students can be expected to be small, physical distancing can easily be maintained once the work resumes.
Meetings of the Threefold Branch are suspended, but all are invited to join in reading and study from home on Wednesday evenings. Please contact Gino Ver Eecke for details.
The Christian Community continues to celebrate the Act of Consecration of Man daily, at 10:30am on Sunday and 9:00am Monday-Saturday. “Congregate services” are not presently allowed, but individual visitors are permitted in houses of worship. Please observe social distancing requirements.
Services, and Opportunities to Serve
Threefold Café continues to serve up delicious take-out lunch and dinner every weekday. You can also help the Café ride out this lean period by giving to and sharing the Café Coronavirus Sustainer Fund.
Hungry Hollow Co-op is committed to providing the products you need in as safe and conscious a way as possible. The store is offering curbside pickup orders Monday-Saturday, and also welcomes walk-in customers on Saturday (11:00am-5:00pm).
At the Pfeiffer Center and Duryea Farm, spring and summer vegetables are being planted, and a bounty of raw milk and yogurt is available to purchase at our on-farm Dairy Store. The Pfeiffer Center Plant Sale is on for May 14-17, with special accommodations for social distancing.
The Fiber Craft Studio‘s new online store has a wealth of materials and handwork projects suitable for adults and children, plus dye plant seeds. Why not start your own dye garden this summer?
The Center for Biography and Social Art is offering sessions to address the individual question, “How Are You . . . Really?” The sessions welcome participants to share their responses – concerns, activities, sadness, or moments of resilience – to the multiple challenges of COVID-19 in small group conversation. Each session is limited to ten people, so register as soon as possible. Click here to register.
Volunteers are needed at the Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center food pantry distribution on Tuesday, May 12; call 845-425-8910 or email email@example.com for information.
A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Martin Luther King Center on May 15; click here to register.